DeKalb County School District will delay all athletic activities until the end of September because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a district press release.
The decision comes after DCSD reviewed the latest COVID-19 case data with the DeKalb County Board of Health and got feedback from parents and coaches. The delay includes marching bands and “auxiliary groups,” according to the press release.
Since July 1, there have been 14 cases of COVID-19 in DCSD athletic programs, according to the press release. At least one was at Dunwoody High School.
“The concerns created by coronavirus place our student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk, even after safety measures were implemented during practices,” Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris said in the press release.
The district encourages students to continue to do independent workouts and conditioning.
DCSD previously allowed students to do team conditioning since June 18 following COVID-19 restrictions outlined by the Georgia High School Association.
“A delay of the season will afford athletes and coaches more time to prepare and continue engagement through virtual workout and team meetings,” the press release reads.